How often do you happen to use a public computer at an airline or hotel lounge?
I try to my best avoid using these like a plague due to the likelihood that they are laden with viruses and key loggers etc, but end up having to use them to print out documents every once in a while.
Sometimes the lounge personnel may suggest that you could email the files that you want to print out, but you never know if those files ended up being deleted. Many lounge computers have non-existant or outdated virus protection, leaving them open for nefarious users.
Again this week, I had to print out some documents that I had to sign and was staying at the InterContinental Grand Stanford in Hong Kong. The club lounge had a few computers and what did I find this time!
The property had TeamViewer installed on the machine, although now expired, that the IT department, if they have one, could have used to remotely monitor what the user does with the computer in real-time.
Just remember when using a public computer that it is very likely that there are malware and keyloggers installed to farm logging and personal information of the users. Usually I find the workstations in Business Centers seem to be usually more “secure” with updates and proper anti-virus and anti-spyware utilities.
I do find it appalling, however, that the InterContinental Grand Stanford had this program installed that they could have used to monitor real time what guests are doing on the lounge computers.